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Domestic Turmoil & Foreign Policy

By Prabasi Nepali Local Elections: Consensus so near, yet so farthe government has finally decided to hold local elections on May 14 — after a gap of two decades! The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) last Saturday had already rejected PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal regarding announcement of poll dates …

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Savouring a delectable geopolitical smorgasbord

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The past week has been fecund in serving up a rich geopolitical smorgasbord. There has been such a profusion of delectable geopolitical offerings that it will only be possible to ‘taste’ just a handful. Among them are observations by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who reminded …

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Gaudy games in the premier league

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By Maila Baje Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been assuring us to the point of utter boredom that elections will be held at any cost to safeguard the political achievements of the past decade. The opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) likes hearing that, but only when Dahal …

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Downgrading of Nepal

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By PR Pradhan Whether the Maoist insurgency was for the betterment of Nepal or it was initiated to finish Nepal, this is a debatablequestion of the day. On 1 Falgun (12 February,) the Maoists divided into four different political parties now, observed its 22nd“people’s war day” by organizing talk programmes …

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Flashback: Sikkim’s ‘merger’, Quislings and related musings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: On 10 February, 2017 the state-owned Rising Nepal in its ’50 Years Ago’ column carried a RSS-AFP news item datelined Gangtok reminding that the Maharaja (Chogyal) of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal, at his monthly press conference, made public his intention of proceeding to New Delhi to …

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Let all the Nepalis return to the motherland

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By PR Pradhan After emergence of Donald Trump as the president of the US, the only super power in the globe, the entire world has been strongly jolted. Will he be able to establish new world order or will he keep the US aloof from the entire world, only time …

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International relations in a kaleidoscopic flux

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU:  International relations are, almost by definition, invariably in a state of flux given the inherent fluidity and fickleness of the forces that shape world politics, influence the international economy and define power differentials between the key players in the global theatre. Despite that established verity, it …

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“Supreme” leaders’ actual size

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By PR Pradhan On Sunday, we observed Martyrs’ Day. The Day has been devalued as the political leaders have declared their workers – even those who died in accidents – as martyrs. This is unfortunate that from such a practice, the height of the real martyrs has been decreased. Alas, …

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Is India bracing for showdown with China?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is India bracing for a showdown, in the not too distant future, with China? That is a timely hypothetical question which our soi-disant foreign policy experts and self-styled strategic whiz kids would do well to address – if for no other reason than that a drastic …

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Critical scenario

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The leaders of the major three parties claim that above 90 percent of the people’s representatives had endorsed the present constitution, commoners have not been able to take ownership on the constitution. Although the very leaders are saying that this is the first time in the history of the country …

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